The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16905   Message #160356
Posted By: Murray Macleod
09-Jan-00 - 12:35 PM
Thread Name: Changing the verses around?
Subject: RE: Changing the verses around?
There is nothing wrong with with changing the words (or the melody for that matter) of a traditional song if it makes for a more satisfying performance. The example that jumps to my mind is the "Banks of the Bann". I have heard dozens of different sets of lyrics to this song, but they all include the same third line in the second verse "Her eyes bright like diamonds, her hair softly twining" This ignores that every third line in all the other verses contains an internal rhyme, and this line really sticks out like a sore thumb. When I sing this song I alter the line to "Her eye brightly shining her hair softly twining" IMHO a much more satisfying line.